I’ve gone and done it. The latest incarnation of my web site shop is going to be a Shopify one. I’m sticking it in as a subdomain or a linked outside page (whatever I get to work). It’s going to be a bit different looking than the primary site but I’ll nerd that one out over time.
The plan is to release new items to my own site first then the remains to Etsy. And my non cane, non bead art will be on my personal site (that’s this one!). I love Etsy and will continue using them but they are becoming as expensive and tedious to use as other options and they’re no longer the friendly fluffy folks I joined up with. Which is FINE. It’s work. It does make for less guilt in exploring other options 🙂
So, check out the shop, let me know if you find weird glitches or if there’s stuff you KNOW I make but isn’t listed, yet. And, as always, thanks so much for being fans of the stuff I make!
Other notes: I’ll be removing some of the hard core discounts Etsy sort of forces vendors into, most notably the free shipping for US orders over $35. Etsy is going to ding me for it but this way I can keep from bumping prices up nearly as much and continue to do occasional sales for everyone.
In the spirit of trying to organize better in 2022 I’m going to move to a monthly shop update type schedule. I’ll still refill items in my shops as they sell out, if I still have stock, but I’ll be saving fresh batches and the general release of new work until the shop updates. The May one is going to be a small update of new work, new batches of sold out designs, updated photos of existing work and other mayhem. June will be a bunch of new houseplant, cats, and bird canes and beads. July will be, at least, the soft release of the fall season handmade supplies such as the first round of Halloween goodies.
It’ll be a way to batch all the parts of shop upkeep I keep putting off and doing randomly like photo taking, listing updates, social media updates, and just MAKING stuff.
All that said the first one will be May 14th, the Saturday after Mother’s Day! I’ll have fresh batches of cardinal beads, monarch butterfly canes, the new setup for my cane samplers, the latest version of my blackbird beads, some new jewellery… and a variety of other small refills and updates. This first update will just be in my Etsy shops but hopefully, in the future, I’ll get to adding to my site first and then my Etsy shops the next day.
Way back, before the world sort of ended in March of 2020, I had registered for various shows that would happen in 2020. Turns out world wide pandemics leads to canceled events.
I’m giving this all a shot again this year. The first two, the Calgary Fan Expo and the Saskatoon Expo, are coming right up towards the end of April and the start of May. I’ve got Artist Alley booths in both and some cute new stuff to show off. I’ll post more details as I get booth numbers and layouts.
There’s also concerts and other stuff happening a little later in the year. Here’s hoping it really is going to be safe to edge out into the regular world again. I’ll be fully vaccinated and boosted and probably wearing a good mask at everything just in case but I’m hoping!
(as a side note: masks + speech disability + loud events = extra hell)